6 TV Shows That Ran Too Long

I watch too much TV.  I’d like to think I have a pretty good idea of whether what I’m watching is good or not.  I’ve compiled a list of only 6 TV shows that aired far longer than they should have.  If the greedy executives behind the show cared more about quality and less about money, they should have seen this too.  I should point out that in some of these examples, I quit watching when I deemed that the show got stupid.

Dexter

DexterWhat can I say except that Dexter ended the series as a lumberjack faking his own death.  In the same episode he secretly concealed Deb out of the hospital and gave her a bizarre burial at sea.  These were only the icing on the cake because the show should have ended when Dexter killed John Lithgow seasons ago.  The villains in the last few seasons were corny and the show was weakening without dynamic murderers.  The premise behind a serial killer murdering bad people while being on the police force was cool… for a period of time.  Once you stretch that past 4 seasons with ridiculous plot twists, you get tired and that’s exactly what happened.

 

Californication

CalifornicationI stumbled upon this show and a 9th? seasons started last Monday night.  I was surprised it was still going.  Hank Moody is a great character and his fucked up family life and womanizing ways was intriguing.  The dialogue is generally hilarious and at one point I thought this was one of the best shows on television.  I stopped watching after the season with RZA from Wu-Tang.  The show kept having to one up itself and that’s not good.  Realistic television is the best television and once you bypass that point, you need to quit.  The current season has Hank fathering an unknown child.  No thanks.  Runkle is still great.

The Walking Dead

The Walking DeadI couldn’t watch the current season of the Walking Dead.  I actually started it and got pissed off that Carl was trying to be a badass and the Daryl – hot blonde girl episode was the worst I’ve ever seen.  During the jail season, I knew what I was watching was getting stupider.  The governor wasn’t bad by any means but he wasn’t as good as season 1 when you actually were anticipating what was going to happen next.  It’s bizarre to think that a show could be so compelling in its first season and go downhill from there.  However, with the idea of surviving a zombie apocalypse, this runs its course after 2 seasons.

The Simpsons

Simpsons_FamilyPictureI haven’t watched a new Simpsons episode in 10 years.  I can’t believe it’s still going.  The glory days of the Simpsons were incredible.  I remember buying the episode guide and reading up on every single episode and loving every bit of it.  Maybe I was younger then but it feels like the show just stopped being funny.  It was too much of a good thing.   Why continue this series?  The ideas have to keep getting zanier and creatores have to keep coming up with jokes that are just being recycled.  Family Guy is hitting this phase as well.

True Blood

True-bloodHaven’t watched True Blood in many seasons.  This was an interesting show when the Bill and Sookie romance was hitting its peak and there were only vampires.  Once the werewolves and pixies and lord knows what else hit, the show became diluted and dumb.  Jason Stackhouse was a quality actor though for the first few series.

Weeds

weedsNever watched the finale.  This is one of the best examples of a show that needed to quit while it was ahead.  The first couple seasons were awesome.  I remember not being able to wait to watch the next episode.  The idea of a pot dealer was fresh because this show was on Showtime and they could do things network TV couldn’t.  Once the hole to Mexico got involved and the family kept moving around, I lost interest.  I think this show jumped the shark when Shane clubbed the woman over the head with a mallet.

 

Observations of Northeast Business Trip

New_England_ancestry_by_county_-_updated Over the past 3 days I traveled over 1,000 miles and visited 8 states. Our company sells tools through distribution and I visited more than 30 distributors over the course of these 3 days. I started in Philly, then Jersey and NY, spent the night in CT, traveled all day to RI and Mass, stayed the night in NH, then drove up to the Vermont where the slate quarries are. It’s a ton of driving and not something that can be done with utmost frequency. Either way, here is a bullet list of some things I note on a trip like this.

  • Sting is played in a lot of bathrooms
  • Complimentary breakfasts in hotels are nice but food is sub-par
  • The Holiday Inn pillows of a king size bed were unbelievable
  • There are tons of Masshole drivers
  • Rhode Island shouldn’t be a state, it should be the district of Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island is the “Ocean State”
  • NH has “Live Free or Die” on their license plate
  • Geico advertises everywhere on billboards
  • New York is always shitty to drive through.
  • People in Connecticut are incredibly nice. Probably because they are so wealthy.
  • New Hampshire is filled with space
  • Bostonians are a conceded bunch
  • Dunkin Donuts rules the Northeast – There is no other competition
  • Cleaning your room before you leave is a smart idea because when you get back, you start fresh.
  • Without Sirius radio on a trip like this, I’d go nuts.
  • Don’t eat at Duchess
  • Planning is imperative for a trip like this.  I spend 4 hours plotting and it was worth every penny.  Even with a GPS, you can still make wrong turns and it’s important to know where you are going.

Another Benchmark

You can click on the picture for a more detailed look but the site pulled in a whopping 2,300 visits last Friday. This eclipsed the old mark of just over 1,500 a few years ago. How did this happen you ask? Elementary, my dear Watson.

Webstats 4-14-14

I can thank Katy Perry’s breasts for this huge run of traffic. A post I made with a few Katy Perry gifs was linked in the comment section of this post on hugelol. Something so simple brought in about 1,800 people to the site in one day. Now don’t get me wrong, the post is a fine post but required little thought and very little production. This was dumb luck. However it proves something that I probably knew but didn’t know how powerful it was, comments in posts get eyeballs. Why I don’t go around the internet and start throwing my links around I’m not sure.

If you notice though, the post has to be good because without the upvotes, there is no way it would have rose to prominence. Sure it’s a cheap way of getting traffic, but eyeballs equal value. This is just another way of getting your site out there. Will I do more of this? Perhaps.

I Hate Shopping For Logos

Nikki Minaj ClothesI was playing golf this weekend and had an hour to kill before the tee time. I was in Pottstown and went to the outlets which aren’t exactly “outlets” because of their pricing but have a lot of big name stores like Nike, Polo, and Calvin Klein. I was specifically looking for non-khaki or black pants and running nylon pants. I also would have bought a new collared golf shirt if it caught my eye. The thing was, I hated everything. I’d walk into a store and walk out within 1 minute because I disliked everything they were selling. This wouldn’t be blog worthy if I didn’t share the same experience with 95% of the stores.

My problem with the apparel these stores are peddling is that they blast their name all over the product. Under Armour had pants that had the words Under Armour all up the side of the leg in size 150 font. I’m not wearing that. First of all, it’s uncomfortable because it differs from the regular fabric. Second, it looks ridiculous. All I want are my clothes to look plain and normal. My favorite shirt is a an all blue collared shirt that says Calvin Klein hidden behind the neck and no where else on it. I suppose these stores put their logos on their clothes so other people can identify who makes the clothes, but there is a cost to this.

nogo-logo-5A good idea for a company is to be Nogo and have no logo. Everything is plain and I think people would respond to this. No human wants to be known as a walking billboard. Towards the end of my shopping experience I was shaking my head at virtually ever article I came into contact with. Am I the only one who feels this way?

Dunkin Donuts Owes Me 5%

Too much cream cheese in the middle.

Too much cream cheese in the middle.

This picture shows the issue that I have on a daily basis with the Dunkin Donut’s bagels.  Notice the glob of cream cheese in the middle and all of the excess cream cheese on the wrapper.  This is how much is left after I’ve already tried to wipe it off.  It  is impossible to eat properly unless I only want to eat globs of cream cheese.  What are my options?

1) Use my fingers to push the cream cheese out.  This is messy and unsanitary.

2) Eat around the mess in the middle.  Not practical.

3) Throw it out.

As you can guess, I usually throw it out.  This happens to me every single time I get a bagel from Dunkin.  The meal that I get medium coffee, glazed donut, and 1 bagel costs $4.83.  Every day about 15 cents of that goes to waste.  This is not fair.   I also like my bagel toasted much more than they do but that’s another story.  Where’s my check?